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Attitude control of space vehicles

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1 Author(s)
Gates, C. ; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA

The problem of sensing and controlling the angular orientation of a space vehicle is discussed. Optical, radio, and inertial methods of angle-sensing are described, and application of control torques by reaction jets, flywheels, radiation pressure, and gravitational gradient are compared. Requirements for angular accuracy likely to be imposed by maneuvering, performing measurements for navigation, making scientific measurements, radio communication, and solar cell orientation are described. Attitude control requirements and techniques for earth satellites and deep-space probes are compared. This discussion will not be published.

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Automatic Control, IRE Transactions on  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 3 )